C.W. Nevius Hit with Pie at Chris Daly Roast

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While Supervisor Chris Daly was left with a little figurative egg on his face following some of his more off-color comments at his farewell roast last night, roaster C.W. Nevius was left with literal chunks of pie trickling down his suit jacket.

After stepping off the stage, the Chronicle columnist was confronted by an unidentified short woman wielding an aluminum pie plate heaped with white cream. Nevius saw the pie attack coming, and grabbed the woman's hand as she tossed the projectile, causing it to merely glance off his shoulder.

"It was a progressive pie, so it went way left," said Nevius.

"Sidewalks are for People" activist Andy Blue picked up the misfired pie, but Nevius put a hand on him and said "That's enough, Andy." No more items were tossed, save the ice and tomatoes hurled Daly's way later in the show.

Blue told SF Weekly he knows the identity of the attacker, but would not divulge it. He also would not reveal whether he helped orchestrate the pie-tossing. Blue, who clashed with Nevius regarding the recently passed sit-lie ordinance, called the columnist a "bully," and said he "deserves a pie. ... I give C.W. props for ducking the pie that was his due the way G.W. ducked the shoe that was his due."



Nevius, meanwhile, said that he was unnerved by the intense look on his attacker's visage. "She was mad! The idea of a pie in the face is fun -- crazy, goofy fun. But she was pissed, and when she missed, she was really mad," he said.

A number of audience members booed the pie attack and expressed embarrassment that Nevius was heckled throughout his roast. Former Supervisor Aaron Peskin walked off the dais to talk with Nevius, while Daly waved both arms from on-stage indicating he had no connection with the pie attack.

Nevius noted that, while he disagrees with Daly politically, he likes him personally. "He's a hell of a guy to have a beer with. He knows college basketball backwards and forwards. It's no blood feud."

Sadly, it isn't even a pie feud. The projectile that struck Nevius was actually just a large mound of shaving cream.

"The least they could do is a good banana cream," said the columnist.

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randyfleming
randyfleming

San Francisco at this point needs , desperately , more moderate voices ; especially in city government. This once beautiful city is falling quickly to the 'Detroit'ification efforts thatwere earnestly launched by the 'progressives' a decade ago.

Andy Viner Seiler
Andy Viner Seiler

It would be great if SF Weekly or The Snitch had a photographer who could take such a vivid photo catching what happened to C.W. Nevius at the Chris Daly roast. It is disgraceful that the photo was neither taken by someone at your company nor is a shot of what actually happened. Most people will assume, as I did, that the photo is real, though I got suspicious when I realized that the story didn't gibe with the photo (in fact, Nevius did not take a direct hit at all). You should run an apology to your readers for juicing up a story with a phony photo.

sfnewsmoderator
sfnewsmoderator

Andy --

Apparently the Soupy Sales montage in the middle of the story was too subtle for you.

Best,

JE

marcos
marcos

It was a mistake to invite Nevius to the roast. Those sharpies who did invite him should have realized that most of the crowd had donated blood, sweat and tears to Daly's political decade and had just had both of their their political balls cut off the previous day in preparation for the shit sandwich to be served up this afternoon.

Under those circumstances, inviting the Dr. Goebbels of San Francisco, the poor man's Ken Garcia, to the roast was not the smartest thing that sprang out of those Big Brains who invited him and prepared his very unfunny remarks. If he was funny, in a roast sense, then he might have evaded pieing. But since he was not friendly with the crowd and not particularly close to Daly by any measure, he was not qualified to roast Chris and it fell flat with the crowd.

Roasting is what people do when they are friendly and close and always treat one another more or less well yet decide for one night to reverse polarities and go for the jugular because it is different. Peskin was the only person up on stage that night who really understood that because Peskin and Daly were close and knew each other all too well.

Unclear on the concept of how inviting enemies to a roast harmonizes with the notion that people should attack the roastee on one night because they always attack the roastee. The viciousness of Nevius' next column after the roast really ratifies that sentiment.

Roasts are man bites dog, not dog bites man.

Personally, I think that Nevius got off too lightly with a pieing. The crowd, which consistently booed Nevius throughout his remarks, would have supported tarring and feathering.

-marcMarc Salomon

NeviusHaighter
NeviusHaighter

Nevius was not a guest of the roast he was asked up after we found out he was actually there. The pie wasn't booed but Nevius obviously and rightfully so was, the truth is I think hardly anyone knew it happened. I personally cheered. Additionally, I like that Nevius left out in his column today that he was even at the roast, got pied or that he then assaulted an innocent bystander.

SeanD
SeanD

So there's this:

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/...

Makes CW look good and makes you look like a tool (but a Progressive Tool).

I still don't like CW but I like you even less.

Sean

sfnewsmoderator
sfnewsmoderator

Sean --

Why don't you try writing your comment again so we can understand what it's supposed to say.

Best of luck,

JE

sfnewsmoderator
sfnewsmoderator

Sean --

Thanks for that. I did not see the "In reply to" from the moderating system. It's clearly visible on the site.

Yours,

JE

SeanD
SeanD

What Missus said below - seems pretty clear to me. I've got no issue with you, Joe. I replied to the same person you replied to (as is reflected by the "in reply to..." by my screen name).

Best of luck to you,

Sean

Missus
Missus

Based on the content and the indenting, I think Sean's response is to NeviusHaighter, not you. He's linking to something online that Nevius wrote about getting pied, which seems to contradict Sean's statement that Nevius didn't mention it in his column today. The link is to Nevius's blog and is probably not something that is or will be in the print version, but whatever. NeviusHaighter is still pretty obviously a douche.

sfnewsmoderator
sfnewsmoderator

Dear sir or madam --

C.W. Nevius was asked to appear at the roast by Alex Clemens -- or do you think he just happened to have those Daly proclamations in his pocket?

If you ever wanted to make folks across the spectrum sympathetic to Nevius -- and make his opponents look like fools -- well congratulations.

Best,

JE

danisf
danisf

didn't like hearing about the pie. pies can be alright, but not in this venue. because nevius was a guest at this roast for chris daly. disagree w/ his positions, and throw a pie at him when he's somewhere spouting his truth, fine. but this appearance was all in fun, took some courage at that, and so it was inappropriate to do this to him last night. if you disagree with what he stands for--fine--but last night was in the spirit of fun, so hearing about the incident was a downer for me. we have to learn to live together, and if you can't do that at a roast, then we're in trouble.

njudah
njudah

typical progressive failure. Do something stupid, don't even do it right, and of course don't have the guts to stand by your actions. FAIL. add to it joyless ideologues bringing fist pounding and screaming to an event where it wasn't warranted, and well, this is why Ed Lee is going to be Mayor and not anyone else.

M
M

No Ed Lee is going to be mayor because a mayoral candidate - Bevan Dufty, who cast the deciding vote - needed a weak candidate to run against. Talk about putting the city first.

randyfleming
randyfleming

Put a Tam'oShanter on his head ; voila! S.I. Hayakawa!

Drewcab415
Drewcab415

Dufty supporting @edleesmoustache for mayor has no bearing on his run. Ed is only taking the job for the extra pension. He makes more $ at his current job.

MrEricSir
MrEricSir

From now on, can we refer to C.W. Nevius as "Gentrification expert and Chronicle columnist C.W. Nevius"?

SeanD
SeanD

I'm not a fan of CW but at least he had the decency and self-respect to not have the woman arrested. I cannot say the same for Willie Brown.

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